Tag Archives: Treaty Ports

The Historic Hakodate Waterfront (and Hotel New Hakodate)

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The Port and Historic Waterfront in Hakodate also contains a high concentration of historic buildings from the city’s Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, and is well-worth a walk. The highlight of the historic Waterfront is the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses … Continue reading

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A Stroll through Motomachi, Hakodate

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Motomachi 元町 is the erstwhile Foreign Settlement in the Treaty Port city in Hakodate. Even today, it contains many examples of well-preserved buildings from the Treaty Port era. Like the other foreign settlements we’ve encountered on the Japanese leg of … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-Postscript: Boxy Mansion…(函館)

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So just when I thought I was done with the second China-Korea-Japan leg of my Grand Tour of the East, I find myself in Hakodate, in Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido. Hakodate was THE very first treaty port in Japan, … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II – An Epilogue, or Goodbye to the Far East

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So inevitably, I have arrived at the epilogue to Part II of my Grand Tour, on the Treaty Ports and Imperial Cities of China, Korea and Japan. 15 glittering cities of the Far East – Hong Kong, Macao, Canton, Amoy, … Continue reading

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Yamate 山手 District, formerly known as The Bluff, Yokohama

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During the Treaty Port Era, foreign residents in Yokohama settled high up in the Yokohama Hills, which they called The Bluff. Here also was to be found the major foreign consulates of the various Great Powers with trading interest in the city. … Continue reading

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Kannai 関内 (and Bashamichi 馬車道), or the Former Foreign Settlement of Yokohama

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Yokohama was the first treaty port in Japan to be opened to foreign trade in 1859, and the heart of the foreign concession area was known (and is still known today) as Kannai 関内, or within the Kanmon 関門 (“Kan … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-14: Side Harbour…(横浜)

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Yokohama is the original treaty port in Japan; it was here, in 1854 that the Treaty of Amity was signed between Commodore Perry (of the United States) and Japan, which forced open Japanese ports to European trade. In fact, the … Continue reading

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Kitano-cho and the Ijinkan, Kobe 北野町と異人館

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Kitano-cho (or Kitano District) 北野町 was an extension of the Kobe Foreign Settlement, in that it was the location of the latter’s residential and consular district.  Like the Oura district in Nagasaki, Kitano is nestled at the foot of the … Continue reading

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Kobe Bund and the Former Foreign Settlement 神戶旧居留地

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The Former Foreign Settlement, or Kyu-Kyoryuchi 旧居留地 lies at the very heart of Kobe City, and is also where the city began its history as a major port in Japan.  The Foreign Settlement was established post-1868, when Japan was forced … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-13: Divine Host… Kobe (神戸)

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Now that the book is launched, its time to get back to the Grand Tour of China, Korea and Japan.  Our next stop is one of the original 7 treaty ports forced open to trade in the aftermath of US Commodore … Continue reading

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